As one of the most prevalent malignant tumors, pancreatic cancer (PC) is a leading fatal cancer worldwide. Surging evidence has unraveled that miRNAs are involved in the occurrence and progression of multiple cancers, including PC. The tumor suppressor effects of miR-4269 have been certified in gastric carcinoma. However, the potential function of miR-4269 remains largely unclear, which drives us to identify the role of miR-4269 in PC development. In this study, we determined the expression pattern of miR-4269 in PC cells and normal cells. Results of RT-qPCR analysis illuminated that miR-4269 expression level in PC cells was lower than that in normal cells. Functional assays demonstrated that upregulation of miR-4269 obviously inhibited the proliferation, migration and invasion of PC cells. In order to elucidate the mechanism governing miR-4269 in PC, we carried out bioinformatics analysis and further experimental investigations. Our results validated that ZEB1 was a direct target of miR-4269. Additionally, ZEB1 activated the transcription of OXT1. More importantly, miR-4269 attenuated the expression level of OXT1 via targeting ZEB1. Ultimately, our findings confirmed that miR-4269 served as a cancer suppressor in PC through regulation of ZEB1/OTX1 pathway, which suggested that miR-4269 might represent a promising target for the clinical treatment of PC.
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